Riverside Naturally is a community group that works to develop Riverside's open spaces in environmentally friendly ways.
Riverside Naturally works in the area covered by Riverside Community Council in Stirling. This includes both Riverside, a residential area, and Forthside, a commercial area. It is bounded by the river Forth and the mainline railway line. We often work in partnership with Stirling Council.
Riverside Naturally developed from the Riverside Community Orchard and continues to develop and maintain the orchard. It was formed early in 2019 after discussion of the Scottish Wildlife Trust publication Living Cities: towards ecological urbanism, -
and shares the view that natural spaces bring important health, social, environmental and economic benefits to communities – as well as a lot of fun, enjoyment and friendship. In other words, making Riverside a better place for nature also makes it a better place for people.
Riverside Naturally is a SCIO - Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Membership is open to people who live, work or have an interest in Riverside and support its aims. It is free but a donation towards the costs of planting and maintenance is always welcome.
Riverside Naturally is welcoming and inclusive - you don’t need any particular expertise to be a valuable member.
Meet The Trustees
Eve brings 20+ years of experience of working in environmental education and community action to the group.
She enjoys wielding a spade, improving the soil, investing in the future and meeting and chatting with people on our practical work days. It’s good to do what we can about the twin challenges of the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis. It’s great when what we do turns out to be a lot of fun as well!
Gillian joined Riverside Naturally in 2020 to be involved with something in Riverside.
Gillian helped out in the Orchard once or twice and did a bit of digging in one of the D’s but finds the physical stuff a bit challenging, so her main involvement is as the Treasurer.
Gillian has been part of the Riverside Community for over forty years, but was away for twelve during that time.
Gillian fully supports all that Riverside Naturally has been doing to enhance the area and encouraging biodiversity.
Danny has lived in Riverside for more then forty years and is committed to the aims of Riverside Naturally.
Mary joined Riverside Naturally in 2020 and has lived in Riverside for 25 years.
Mary has many years of gardening experience and is devoted to biodiversity with a particular interest in encouraging and protecting native plants. She has also trained as a community herbalist, so if you've been stung by a nettle or a bee she'll find you a plant to help ease the pain.
Paul helped to form Riverside Naturally in 2019 after volunteering at the Riverside Community Nursery for a few years.
He has lived in Riverside for almost forty years. Paul is particularly motivated to protect the wonderful mature trees that previous generations planted in Riverside and to ensure that we leave new trees growing for future generations of Riversiders.
Pat joined Riverside Naturally as a means to think globally by acting locally.
It has been a great experience joining with people from Riverside and beyond to enhance the already rich biodiversity in the area.
The improvements made are already a wonderful legacy and there is so much to be gained by working as a group in nature.
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Emily joined the Riverside Naturally in 2019 with the commitment to nurture and protect Riverside's green spaces.
Bringing enthusiasm and a trowel, Emily proves that you don't need specialist knowledge and skills to contribute and make a difference.
Emily lives in Riverside with her husband and children and enjoys bringing her children along to help out too.